Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has cancelled his trip to China after contracting pneumonia, officials say.
Brazil president cancels China trip due to pneumonia
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has cancelled a high-profile trip to China due to medical reasons, and the March 27-31 visit will be rescheduled for a later date, his press secretary says.
The press secretary released a medical note stating that after a clinical evaluation, the 77-year-old Lula was diagnosed with bacterial and viral bronchopneumonia caused by influenza A, and treatment has started.
“Despite clinical improvement, the medical service of the Presidency of the Republic recommends postponing the trip to China until the viral transmission cycle ends,” the note said.
The Brazilian government has informed the Chinese authorities of the postponement and its intention to reschedule the visit.